Lufthansa To Cancel 800 Flights Due To Pilots’ Strike.

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Germany’s Lufthansa (LHAG. DE) said it will have to cancel 800 flights on Friday, likely affecting 130,000 passengers, after the pilots’ union announced a one-day strike.

The Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) union said late that pay talks had failed and Lufthansa pilots would stage a 24-hour strike; affecting both passenger and cargo services.

Lufthansa said flight cancellations would affect Frankfurt and Munich airports, adding that several flights would also have to be cancelled.

VC is demanding a 5.5% pay rise this year for its more than 5,000 pilots and automatic inflation compensation thereafter.

“We hope to get back to negotiations as soon as possible,” a Lufthansa spokesperson said. “However, we cannot bear the cost increases associated with VC’s demands either,” he added.

Reuters.

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